School Lunches

Nutritiously delicious school meals are available for our pupils each day, cooked by our excellent kitchen staff right here on the premises.

School meals are be prepared by Principals Catering and are cooked in our kitchen. Children eat in groups of six to eight children with an older child taking some responsibility for younger pupils. Children are expected to eat the food chosen.

Please visit the Principals Catering website via the link below:

www.principals-catering.com

Dinner money must be paid by the first day of each term for the whole period in advance.

Payment methods: –

  • Cash in an envelope with your child’s full name and “School lunch” clearly written on the outside, and put in the secure parent post box outside the school office or;
  • Via the Principals Catering website www.principals-catering.com  and follow the links for Buy Meals

It is possible for children to choose a packed lunch or school meals on different days, however we would ask that parents commit to a regular pattern for a six week term. (We can no longer allow children to change their meal order week by week.)

Please click here to indicate the days on which your child will require a school lunch.

It is important that we have up to date information about specific allergies.

Please note that if your child does not have a school meal on a date already booked, because of a trip or illness, you will not be charged for this day and the amount will be held in credit.

Our school meals cost £2.20 each, £11.00 weekly.

KS1 meals are free.

Upcoming theme days are:

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Please note the Christmas lunch is on Wednesday 6th December, and this is the only opportunity you will have to book, so please tick the day marked “Christmas lunch” on the attached form Click Here to ensure your child does not miss out on this special lunch. Details of the menu will be distributed nearer the date.

Thursday 18th January – School Census Day

Please note this is School Census Day and the number of meals provided to children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and 2 will be recorded by the Government to calculate the grant we receive for providing the Universal Infant Free School Meals. If your child has a free school meal, even if it is just occasionally, we would encourage you to order a meal for your child on this day so that we receive funding for your child.

Free School Meals

Universal Free School Meals
From September 2014, significant changes started happening to school food: cooking is back on the curriculum, and as a result all children in Year 2 or below get free school meals.

It is still important to register your child for free school meals, even if they are in year 2 or below, if you are in receipt of certain benefits. The school can get some additional money to support their learning if they register. For more information speak to staff in the school office or apply online.

In addition, from January 2015, new food standards were introduced. These are three of the 16 actions in the School Food Plan, which aims to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food (see http://www.schoolfoodplan.com).

Year 3 or above
For children under 19 and in full-time education, you may be able to get free school meals for them. The quickest and easiest way to apply for school meals is to apply online https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/    (Eligibility will be checked and the application processed straight away). If you are unable to apply online please obtain the free school meals application form from the school office. You do not need to send any proof of benefit with your application, but you may be asked for proof of benefit if there is a query around eligibility.

Packed lunches

Children may bring a packed lunch to school if this is preferred, and this will be eaten in the dining room. Packed lunches should include a non-fizzy drink in a suitable container. Straws and spoons should be supplied from home if these are required.

 Why is healthy eating important?

A balanced diet is essential for good health and vitality. By eating well at lunchtime, pupils gain a host of benefits, both short and long-term.

As a school we take seriously our responsibilities and we believe that we make a positive contribution to both the “Every Child Matters” agenda and the “Healthy Schools Award”.

The Government’s aim is for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances to have the support they need to:

  • Be healthy.
  • Stay Safe.
  • Enjoy and Achieve.
  • Make a positive contribution.
  • Achieve economic wellbeing.

For lunchbox ideas, tips for fussy eaters and healthy eating for your child, please have a look at the Loveable Lunchboxes campaign website, this is an information hub full of information and tips from nutrition professionals, which you can find here: http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/loveable-lunchboxes